Rosenqvist penalty gifts Buemi victory

Berlin ePrix – A post-race time penalty for Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist handed victory to Renault eDams’ Sebastien Buemi at the second race in Berlin.

The championship leader was able to extend his advantage at the top of the standings to 32 points following the Swede’s demotion to second place for an unsafe pit release.

Rosenqvist had lead from pole position, but during the pit stop phase he was released from his garage just as team-mate Nick Heidfeld was coming in for his stop.

Despite the Mahindra driver remaining in the lead, he was subsequently handed a ten-second time penalty, effectively handing the win to Buemi.

However, he was able to build enough of a gap to only be demoted to second place to take eighteen points in addition to his win in the first race.

Buemi’s nearest championship challenger Lucas di Grassi rose from seventh on the grid to claim the final podium place, passing Oliver Turvey, Sam Bird, Jose-Maria Lopez and Jean-Eric Vergne in doing so.

Daniel Abt followed his Abt Audi Sport team-mate through to claim fourth place ahead of DS Virgin Racing’s Lopez, Vergne (Techeetah) and Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing).

Nico Prost took eighth in the second Renault eDams car, ahead of Turvey (NextEV NIO) and Nick Heidfeld, who scored the final point after starting the race from the back of the grid.

The double-header in Berlin has seen Buemi’s championship lead cut from 43 to 32 points, whislt Rosenqvist moves up to third in the championship ahead of Prost.

Renault eDams still hold a strong 58-point advantage over Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport in the teams’ championship, whilst Mahindra reduce the gap to the Abt team to 22 points.

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